Caleb Rowden for State Representative




Issues

Learn more about Caleb’s positions on the key issues relevant to mid-Missouri. Click any issue you want to learn more about below.

Government spending and higher taxes will never stimulate an economy. Our state is at its best when its citizens are working and creating and innovating. The economic downturn we have seen in the last few years nationally was not because small business owners weren’t doing their jobs. Or because creative minds stopped being creative. It was because government [on both sides of the aisle] established bureaucratic regulations that have strangled our job creators and stifled any chance for economic growth.

We must work hard to cut spending and simply live within our means. Individuals and families are punished for compiling debt they can’t pay off. Why should state and federal government be any different? It is imperative that we get our fiscal house in order and begin the process of restoration and growth in the years to come.

CALEB WAS PROUD TO HAVE THE ENDORSEMENTS OF THE MISSOURI CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND NFIB [National Federation of Independent Business] IN THE 2012 ELECTION.

Higher taxes simply don’t stimulate an economy. Adversely, they stifle innovation, discourage investment, prevent saving, destroy production, and crush the middle class and the poor. Keeping tax rates as low and as simple as possible leaves Americans with more cash to invest in the private sector. Low and simple tax rates also give business owners the certainty and stability to expand without the fear of unnecessary and untimely government interference.

Those in government should be held to an incredibly high standard. We need people of character, integrity, and humility in public office. Unfortunately, corruption and scandals have shaken people’s faith in those who represent them…it is time to reverse this trend! The 44th District needs a candidate who will not disappoint, but exceed, expectations in this area. As a State Representative, I will work to increase government accountability and restore trust between the citizen and government.

In today’s world, it’s not good enough just to educate children…we have to inspire them! From the earliest ages, today’s kids are exposed to the world of Facebook, Twitter, and the world wide web, where everything is instant, and much of it is very engaging to them. If schools and educators want to compete with this new reality, it’s time to get out of the education rut we’ve been in for the last 10-15 years. We must harness the power of technology instead of fighting to push our students away from it. We must welcome new and fresh ideas to the education arena, and find new ways to inspire our kids to become the great leaders and innovators of tomorrow.

In addition, I can say that I haven’t found a sector of society where healthy competition hasn’t benefited that sector to some degree. I think states have the responsibility and obligation to assess the health and value of their public schools and be realistic about struggles and shortfalls. This should be an ongoing and honest dialogue. Mid-Missouri simply cannot afford to follow the path of the Kansas City School System, which recently had their accreditation stripped because they had simply ceased to be relevant and functional. Everything must be on the table, and the welfare and advancement of our children must be the only desired outcome!

MIZ-ZOU! Until you’ve experienced all that our campus has to offer, it’s hard to appreciate just how great the University of Missouri really is! From academics to research to athletics…MIZZOU is something special. We must ensure that it has the resources it needs to not only maintain that status, but to grow and develop as a national leader in innovation and education. The state’s funding of the University is stuck at 2002 levels, and the Governor recently proposed sharp cuts as well as taking money AWAY from the University’s “surplus” to cover a state budget shortfall. This is simply not acceptable. The state must do a better job of prioritizing spending and getting its fiscal house in order to ensure that job and revenue creators like the University of Missouri can continue to thrive and boost our local and state economy.

Caleb is pro-life and believes every life is precious. He believes that no public funds should be used for abortion.